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    La Cantata dei Pastori

    Musical adaptation of a beloved 17th century Italian play which follows the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. On their way, they have many adventures, good and bad, and always entertaining. They encounter two hapless commedia dell'arte characters, Razzullo and his pal Sarchiapone, who are lost in the forest . Several times along the way, the Devil Plute sends demons, dragons, and devils to try to stop the birth of Jesus. Alessandra Belloni "sings and dances as the Virgin Mary, giving birth and slaying a dragon without dropping her castenets!" (Village Voice) Mary, with the help of the Archangel Gabriel (played by stiltwalker Mark Mindek) emerge triumphant, and the show ends with a nativity scene in which the company sings "Canzone di Zampognari," the oldest known Neapolitan Christmas song, accompanied on bagpipe. Children from the audience (those who attend every year come in costume!) are invited to sit on stage as part of the Nativity Scene. "La Cantata dei Pastori" has songs and dialogue in Italian, with English narration provided throughout by La Befana, the Italian Santa Claus who gives sweets to children who have been good and pieces of coal to those who have been naughty. Music is by John La Barbera, played on such instruments as flute, recorder, chitarra battente, mandolin, violin, percussion, and a variety of castenets, finger cymbals, and tambourines.

    Dates:  Dec. 20, 2003 - Dec. 21, 2003
    Schedule:  Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m.
    Venue:  St. Mark's Church, Tenth Street & Second Avenue
    Price:  $20, students/seniors $15, children $12
    Tickets/info:  (212) 877-3399


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